We live in Franklinton. It’s an impoverished neighborhood just west of downtown Columbus, Ohio. Franklinton was the first settlement in Columbus, established in 1797. The neighborhood sits in the floodplain of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and it suffered a devastating flood in 1913. As a result of the location, though, the soil is rich and fertile, not what would commonly be found in an urban neighborhood.
The properties in Franklinton largely fall into the category of either abandoned or unkempt. It’s not a pretty neighborhood, but it’s close to downtown, cheap and slowly changing.
All of those unattended properties are overrun with a number of edibles, from chickory to cherries. We’ve been able to stay on top of the local, free produce to a degree, and I’m ready to share our adventures in urban foraging with my loyal readers.
As a teaser, here is a look at one way we use our foraged finds: